If you’re looking for alternatives to traditional cardiothoracic surgery, turn to Scripps. Our cardiothoracic surgeons have a strong track record of providing expert medical treatment using the da Vinci Surgical System. In fact, Scripps cardiothoracic surgeon James Hemp, MD, has performed more heart and lung robotic surgeries than any other surgeon in the San Diego region.
Scripps surgeons perform many types of robot-assisted heart and lung procedures,including:
This procedure removes tumors from the part of your chest cavity that separates the lungs (mediastinum).
This procedure reroutes blood flow around blockages in your coronary artery. This procedure is also known as cardiac revascularization, or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).
Though rare, cardiac tumors can occur in any region of your heart. Even if they are not cancerous, cardiac tumors can be life-threatening. Depending on their size and location, they can block blood flow into or out of your heart.
Robotic heart or lung surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Talk to your surgeon about all your treatment options, including the risks and benefits of each.
Like other minimally invasive procedures, robot-assisted heart or lung surgery may offer several benefits. These include:
- Less pain (reducing the need for pain medication)
- Less blood loss (reducing the need for a blood transfusion)
- Reduced risk of complications, including infection
- Smaller, less visible scars
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
Like all surgery, robotic cardiothoracic surgery also has immediate or long-term risks. These include:
- Organ, tissue or nerve damage
- Surgical site infection
- Excessive bleeding
- Complications from anesthesia
- Equipment failure